19 episodes

A PODCAST FOR ARCADE LOVERS. From the owners of 100+ arcade and pinball cabinets, and the proprietors of a real-life arcade comes PODOUKEN, a brand new podcast that takes a deep dive into the world of video arcade games, and explores the history, story, strategy, art, music, restoration, preservation and fun of arcade games.

Podouken Laser Time

    • Video Games
    • 4.7, 21 Ratings

A PODCAST FOR ARCADE LOVERS. From the owners of 100+ arcade and pinball cabinets, and the proprietors of a real-life arcade comes PODOUKEN, a brand new podcast that takes a deep dive into the world of video arcade games, and explores the history, story, strategy, art, music, restoration, preservation and fun of arcade games.

    Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo – Episode 018

    Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo – Episode 018

    Capcom brings us the perfect mix of fisticuffs with gem debuffs – plus a heavy dose of chibi – with Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. What is the connection between puzzles and violence that makes us love this game so... Read more

    Mr. Driller – Episode 017

    Mr. Driller – Episode 017

    In this ground-breaking episode we dig into a family tree that spawned not one, but two NAMCO classics. We discuss Mr. Driller and use geological genealogy to trace his origins to Dig Dug. Along the way we start spilling some... Read more

    Puzzle Bobble – Episode 016

    Puzzle Bobble – Episode 016

    Bustin’ makes us feel good as we explore the origins of Taito’s Puzzle Bobble (or Bust a Move). We try to make sense of the Bubble Bobble family tree which includes a long, lost ancestor. Why was this MVS cart... Read more

    Marble Madness – Episode 015

    Marble Madness – Episode 015

      It’s all downhill from here as we roll with Marble Madness. We discuss the Doogie Howser of arcade games who at the age of 18 created a major arcade hit for Atari and went on to do a whole... Read more

    Q*Bert – Episode 014

    Q*Bert – Episode 014

      Strap in for our most profane episode yet (or not, as we’ll explain). It’s time to talk about Gottlieb’s biggest arcade hit – Q*bert! Find out how this game by Warren Davis and Jeff Lee became a pop culture... Read more

    Tetris – Episode 013

    Tetris – Episode 013

    The pieces have fallen into place for our new miniseries and we’re facing a Soviet invasion! Tetris breaks through the Iron Curtain to take hold of American and Japanese cultures, but in very different ways. Find out how Tetris has... Read more

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Head of Krampus ,

Video game edutainment at its best

Have you ever been interested in owning some old arcade machines but don't have the time, money, or space to go through with it? Me too. Now I get to see what that would be like by listening to this podcast. I may not understand all of the lingo these guys use but the show makes me want to learn it. It also makes me want to free up some space in my basement for a few arcade cabinets and to learn how to fix old electronics.

Owning your okayness ,

Podouken is a Complete Gem

I love to concept of diving deeper into the history of arcade cabinets. The hosts are passionate experts with a ton of knowledge that makes this podcast highly fascinating. And I truly enjoy at the end of the show they play the game themselves. Its a fun moment that reminds me of playing games with my friends. Can't wait for more shows. You guys are the only retro arcade podcast I listen to.

ApeironD ,

Concept is great... but

I love fighting games and was pretty excited to see a podcast for them. These Episodes seems to release at random times and the hosts sound bored and kind of drone on. It seems they enjoy fighting games, but you couldn’t tell from the lack of excitement. There’s a ton of fighting games they can cover including different topics, but I’m just not getting it from these guys.

Also, Space Invaders is my favorite fighting game I never knew about.

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